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July 29: New Zealand🇳🇿
July 30: Trinidad & Tobago
She Cranes players will pocket over Sh150m in bonuses and allowances for their 2023 Netball World Cup campaign in Cape Town, South Africa.
Government has rewarded each member of the She Cranes team with Sh10m – The team comprises of 15 players including the three reserves.
All the players will as well receive Sh250,000 in allowances for their training period prior to the World Cup.
State Minister for Sports Hon Peter Ogwang re-affirmed this while flagging off the team to Cape Town and challenged the Netball Federation to wire the money direct to their personal accounts.
“I hope the allowances for players have gone to their personal accounts,” Ogwang spoke in presence of acting UNF President Brig Flavia Byekwaso.
“I am leaving everyone of you with my personal number and If you don’t get the money send me a text,” Ogwang told the She Cranes players.
“I do not want the issues of paying the Players money by hand, no body should demand you for addition money that I am the one who put you on the team.
“Tell me who will do that I will not disclose you. We want clean Sport, and you have been the ones sweating for the last 40 days. It’s totally unacceptable if you don’t get the little you are even supposed to get.”
Ogwang called the money “first of its kind” before challenging the UNF to cater for players bonuses given that Government has cleared their allowances.
“I thank all the Sponsors, the money which comes from Sponsors, can I ask the Federation to look at the bonuses for winning the game. The players must be facilitated.
“Most important person is the athlete. For example if we beat South Africa, and if we love the game, let’s give the players bonuses for winning the game.”
The team started training at Kamwokya before shifting to residential at Africa Bible University in Lubowa and has since had training sessions at Lugogo and Nakirebe.
“This is the moment of truth,” Ogwang told the Players.
“If you want to go professional, the time is now, you will have all the International TVs on you, all clubs in the world and their scouts will be in South Africa. Cease the opportunity and by the time you return here, clubs will be knocking on your doors.”
“You will not be underdogs while in Kigali given that you have been at this stage three times. The Technical team, led by Fred Mugerwa, has done their part and the pressure is on you to deliver.”
Ogwang asked the players to learn the National Anthem because it’s “embarrassing” when it is being sang and “you the players dont know the song you are already viewed on camera.”
He called upon players to remain disciplined despite mistakes done by officials.
He also cautioned players not to disappear while in South Africa because it “taints the image of the Country.”
She Cranes Players – Final Squad:
Irene Eyaru (captain) (KCCA)
Mary Nuba (Lightning UK)
Namulumba Christine Kango (Prisons NC)
Shadia Nassanga (KCCA)
Mid court players:
Norah Lunkuse (KCCA)
Lillian Achola (Weyonje NC)
Margret Baagala (NIC and Assistant Captain)
Hanisha Muhammad (KCCA)
Nakitto Christine (KCCA)
Stella Nanfuka (Prisons)
Kadondi Faridah.(Weyonje NC)
Shaffie Nalwanja (KCCA)
Reserves – Asingo Viola (Prisons NC), Annet Najjuka (KCCA), Sarah Nakiyunga (NIC)